By Easwaran Nambudiri
What is more, while the External Affairs Ministry was seeking confirmation of Quattrocchi’s arrest, it was playing host to the fugitive’s son Massimo as part of Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi’s high-powered business delegation to India.
The spectre of Bofors has once again come to haunt the ruling Congress, exactly a year after the UPA government led by the party unashamedly and surreptitiously allowed the de-freezing of fugitive Italian businessman Ottavio Quattro-cchi’s London accounts.
It was on February 6 that the Bofors pay-off case accused was detained at an airport in Argentina following a red corner alert issued by Interpol. Two days later, the International Police Organisation officially informed its Indian counterpart CBI about the detention but India’s premier investigating agency, which goes to town and shouts from the rooftops even if it gets a bank clerk convicted for taking a Rs 50 bribe, sought to keep the information under the wraps.
In a brazen act of suppression of information, the CBI did not utter a word about the detention before the Supreme Court when the latter on February 13, 2007 sought its response to a petition for retrieving the money withdrawn by the Italian fugitive from the two ‘defreezed’ accounts in London.
Bofors: Yet another cover-up by Congress